Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K on November 28, 2023 is A Haunting in Venice. The film is currently available on digital.
The film is released by 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment.
A Haunting in Venice stars Kenneth Branagh, Tina Fey, Kelly Reilly, Jamie Doran, Michelle Yeoh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Ricardo Scamarcio, and Jude Hill.
Hercule Poirot is somewhat retired and living in Venice, Italy. He gets drawn into taking on a new case by an old friend, Ariadne Oliver, an author who has written popular books based on cases Poirot has solved.
Ms. Oliver would like Mr. Poirot to accompany her to a seance so that she can prove that the women, Joyce Reynolds, is a fake and a fraud. She has tried to prove that on her own with no luck.
The seance is to happen at the home of an opera singer, Rowena Drake, after a Halloween party for the children in a local orphanage.
Ms. Drake’s home is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of children who once lived there (as an orphanage) and left to die. They say the house is cursed. Even her own daughter’s death is blamed on home’s curse.
What started out as a simple case of proving a medium is faking it turns into a real “who done it” with multiple mysterious deaths, ghostly visions, and things that go “bump in the night.”
This case will truly haunt Mr. Poirot for the rest of his life.
Is the house haunted? Is it cursed? Or could there be something the living has a part in? To find out, check out A Haunting in Venice. Look for it on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K November 28, 2023, or on digital (currently available).
I have never seen Death on the Nile or The Orient Express, two other film’s that Branagh stared in as Poirot. Now that I’ve seen this film, I have added both films to my watch list. I absolutely love the “who done it” aspect. Just when you think you know who the guilty party is and why they committed their crime, there is another twist and turn to change your thoughts.
First and foremost, the cinematography in this film is stupendous. I LOVE all the shots of Venice. Visiting Venice has been on my “Bucket List” since I was a kid. My father and grandmother went there decades ago. I wish I was able to go with them. The thought of homes sitting on top of water and having to take the gondolas around sounds amazing. It’s something I’d love to experience at least once in my life.
The homes in Venice are very old. The one in this film is especially creepy. Kudos to the filmmakers for making the inside of the home where Poirot and the others end up trapped in to look like something out of a nightmare. It’s NOT a scary movie (this is not a horror movie at all), but it does have fabulous creepy elements, some might even make you jump out of your seat.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a horror movie. It’s a mystery movie with a creepy undertone. After all, it’s based on ghosts and a curse.
The story plot is terrific. It makes you think the house is truly haunted. Even Poirot started to believe it was, but then his sleuth mind kicked in and he was able to see through some of the things he thought he was experiencing.
As I stated earlier, I have never seen any of the films in this franchise. It reminds me of when I used to play the game of Clue with my friends and family…“Colonel Mustard in the study with the rope…” I was trying to figure out this mystery right along with Poirot. It made the film interactive in a way (hopefully you know what I mean).
The acting was fabulous. I was even very impressed by young Jude Hill. He’s only thirteen years old.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this film. Now I’m anxious to see the others.
Murder, Death and Haunting: Discover the secrets behind the scenes of A Haunting in Venice. Join Kenneth Branagh and his team as they bring Agatha Christie’s classic Poirot novel ‘Hallowe’en Party’ to life with elaborate ensemble scenes and extravagant sets.
Deleted Scenes: Check out these scenes that didn’t make the final cut:
- Morning Routine
- The Doge’s Palace
- Halloween Party Extended
- Desdemona’s Warning
- Children’s Story
- Poirot Needs Air
- Guarding The Gates
- Secret Doorway Extended
- Ferrier’s Shouts
- Poirot Pauses for Thought
- Journey Home
*Bonus features vary by product and retailer.
The film is rated PG-13 and a run time of an hour and forty three minutes.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.